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NEWSBRIEF: Thermo, Compaq Deal to Improve LIMS Technology

NEW YORK, May 3 - A new collaboration between Thermo Electron and Compaq seeks to improve Thermo's LIMS data-management technology and make it more suitable for large data warehouses, Thermo said today.

The partners hope to have an improved product available later in the year, according to a Thermo official. It was not immediately clear how many scientists from each of the firms will work on the project, but the research itself will take place at Thermo's software-development facilities in Salem, NH, and Manchester, UK.

"We've had a long relationship with Digital, as they used to be, and essentially what we've done is bring that into the world of Compaq with all of their Windows technologies," Clive Higgins, marketing director for Thermo's life and laboratories sector, told GenomeWeb.

Higgins added that the deal, in the works for six months, did not hinge on Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of Compaq. (The acquisition has passed one last legal hurdle this week and is ready to close.)

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